Even sides and desserts get loving care at Evie Mae’s.
Barbecue worth the drive from Houston.
With his new Black Box Barbecue trailer parked in downtown Georgetown, John Mueller is back on his game.
Big celebrations, buzzy business dinners, romantic trysts—Biga brings the glamour and a menu to match (all the better if you can get a perch on the balcony over the river). Our fave rave this visit: wild game packets on radicchio and Bibb, chicken-fried oysters on beet “noodles,” and an…
Who could pass up that directive? Service is cafeteria style in the giant barn, offering brisket, pulled pork, sausage, sometimes burgers, and—lucky for us when we visited—pork ribs. Tempted by all, we found the pulled pork to be moist and oh so slightly sweet, the brisket perfect and pink-rimmed, and…
Cattleack Barbeque’s no roadside joint, and the ‘cue is classy.
The siren call of smoked meat brings young parents with ebullient toddlers, seniors with winsome dogs, and pretty much every age in between to trailers scattered in empty lots throughout the city. This one, helmed by Evan LeRoy, the former pitmaster at Freedmen’s, is definitely attracting the Instagrammers, who snap…
After drawing record crowds at his Whitney location (a TM Top 50 choice), Michael Wyont relocated to Cowtown and parked a beautiful new trailer near Mellow Johnny’s at the Trailhead at Clearfork. Sitting beside the Trinity River, the trailer wows its new audience with post oak–smoked brisket, ribs, house-made sausage,…
The Pit Room is still in its early phases. They plan to add dinner hours soon, and the menu will continue to grow. Look for some of the items next door at Jackson’s Watering Hole, which Sambrooks also owns. You might remember that name as the bar where Pappa Charlie’s…
Jay-Z once ordered their enormous beef short ribs. So side with Jay-Z and stop in for their spectacular meats.
The slices of meat are juicy, salty, and incredibly tender, while the smokiness lurks in the background.
If you’re bored with barbecue, this is the place to find something new. And it also might be the joint that we look back on as the birthplace of San Antonio-style of barbecue.
Pitmaster Randy Witt does an admirable job of getting the superb smoked chicken and giant spare ribs tender, without drying them out.
Tejas Chocolate Craftory is proof that great Texas barbecue can happen anywhere, even in a chocolate factory.
18th & Vine Barbecue it is a restaurant where you can get good barbecue and take the picky in-laws who value reservations, a full bar, and a steak.
This is barbecue that makes you want to close your eyes so your mouth doesn’t get distracted.
The brisket needs no adornment. It has great flavor and is imbued with melted fat to the point of decadence.
While some spend their Saturday mornings seeking the must indulgent brunch, others line up here. The crowd can be monumental, but if you get there 30 minutes to an hour before La B opens, at 11, you’ll find a veritable bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow. Brisket…
One small tweak made a big difference for this spicy, balanced barbecue.
This barbecue joint does not exist. No, this is not the start of a philosophical argument over what is and isn’t real. What we mean to say is that we thought this category of barbecue joint—“the unknown”—was gone forever. The “unknown” is a place that we would characterize as a “hidden gem,” a restaurant that…
An edited version of the menu is painted on the building, and the quotations around “homemade” sausage are accurate. The Garners have worked with a local meat market to make sausage to their specifications, and the result is worth the effort. It’s got a punch of seasonings that go beyond…
The transition from competition barbecue to commercial barbecue can be challenging.
Call it the Snow’s BBQ of West Texas.
Each bite of the tender and meaty rib pulled away from the bone with ease. They were a competition barbecuer’s dream, complete with a glaze so sweet and buttery it was hard to know if it was meant for a cake or meat.
Spring, Texas is evidently large enough for more than one great food truck. This town of 50,000 just north of Houston has been home to Corkscrew BBQ, a Texas Monthly Top 50 selection, since 2011. Now, just five minutes east is a new food truck park where BBQ Godfather sits…
Meat U Anywhere BBQ feels like a neighborhood barbecue spot despite the valet stand.
It’s a good sign when the lean brisket is still juicy in the middle of the afternoon. The juiciness was evident on the cutting block where my order was deconstructed from hulking chunk of jet black brisket. As promised, they cook with all wood here (to the ire…
If you don’t get enough meat here, it’s your fault.
The star of the menu were the spare ribs.
Two of the most famous barbecue joints in the state, Kreuz Market and Smitty’s, had put aside their differences. In a show of family unity, they partnered and created a bright, new, shiny barbecue joint in Bee Cave, just west of Austin.
Kerlin BBQ is a solid barbecue contender, even in the extremely competitive market of Austin, Texas.
This cabbage will make you happy to eat your vegetables, but please don’t skip the brisket.
It is hard to pick a favorite, but the pulled pork is about as good as you can get. A bad bite couldn’t be found.
This was brisket worth seeking out.
Finally, someone in The Valley is doing brisket good enough to travel for.
After a bite of the smoky and lusciously moist brisket, you might feel compelled to order it by the pound.
Harris says his barbecue is done “on the pit, straight stick, no gas, no electric.”
Make the drive, and you won’t be disappointed.
Austin joint where the thick slices of pork belly are silky tender.
This was a solid meal even without the other meats.
Heavy's has great sausage, so don’t miss it like we almost did.
Cousin’s has a good reputation for a reason, and they’re one of the few chains that does it right.
Hard to find at the crossing of two small Farm-to-Market roads just a dozen or so miles north of Boerne, this joint is worth seeking out.
Meals are served up on nifty little cedar planks (no red plastic here), and patrons can eat at the tall tables inside or snag a picnic bench outside in the beer garden.
Try the green chile-cheddar pozole- it's delicious.
Getting top-shelf brisket here takes some effort, but it’s worth it.